Cocker Spaniel Agility Training for Beginners

Cocker Spaniel Agility Training for Beginners

As a cocker spaniel owner, you may have considered joining an agility training class. If so, you’re in for a real treat. Dogs love agility classes because it gives them a new environment and obstacles to experience. They are introduced to ramps, poles, jumps and colorful things that challenge their thinking and athletic abilities.


Most training groups will require your dog to attend an obedience class to learn basic commands. Any signs of aggression are not tolerated by the groups as this only disrupts the class and may result in injury to dogs and/or people.


Your dog’s performance will depend on his temperament and how well he listens to you. It’s more about the dog than the breed of dog. However, cocker spaniels proved to be good candidates. They are smart and eager to please. Your obedience trainer will be able to give you more insight into how well your dog will respond. You may also wish to contact a local agility group to have your Cocker Spaniel evaluated as well. Request an individual consultation. They will be able to provide you with valuable insights and expectations from the training involved. Ask if you can participate in the lesson so you can see the class in action. You will find them responsive. Some classes are more competitive than others, so it’s a good idea to look for a group that your dog will be a good fit for.


Training begins with a simple warm-up to familiarize the dog with its surroundings and begins when the handler gets your dog’s attention. The handler is the one who will first show your dog what to do. In some classes, the dog owner will follow the lead of the trainer with training provided. The obstacles will be simple at first and progress to more advanced training as the puppy progresses. Lessons are usually about one hour a week and can last up to six or eight weeks. Training continues at home, so you must be prepared to commit the necessary time.

How to find an agility class

It should be relatively easy to find a group to work with. Your veterinarian will be a good referral source. Often the vet staff is knowledgeable about where to go for agility training as well. Attend an agility competition and mingle with the handlers and dog owners. You will learn a lot from them as most are ready to be helpful.

Dog agility training is a lot of fun for the owner and the cocker spaniel. The classes will provide information on the full range of training and competitions. Good agility training is a fun activity and never a must. Participating in sports is great fun for the puppy and an excellent way to continue to build your bond with your Cocker Spaniel.

No matter what your goals are, going through an agility class just once will make your dog a better citizen.

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